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I liked "Have You Seen My Son" to a certain point. It was a good story told in first person but I felt it was drawn out with too much inconsequential information. Lael's son Ace has been kidnapped by his father and it seems the story was more about Lael and less about Ace. For the length of the story, it would have been much better had there been alternating chapters with Ace and his father as well as Lael and her lawyer, adding more depth to the overall finished book.
Adding another point of view would have made this journey much more intriguing and less monotonous for me. The story started out good and while it's morally wrong, it's sadly not always illegal to snatch your own child when there's no custody order in place. It should be. When a parent has temporary custody, said parent should be protected from this. And sadly, in many cases the victim parent's only recourse is to snatch the child back which in itself is illegal if the parent is caught trying to do so. Family law is tricky in this department and unfortunately it is considered a domestic dispute.
Overall, this was an interesting story but about halfway through it felt flat and one-sided for me. I wanted to hear more suspense and perhaps Mike's point of view as well as Ace. I would still recommend this audiobook. It's definitely not bad. Just a little lengthy with a single point of view.
Becket Royce did a terrific job narrating this book. She kept the story moving forward with great voice inflections. She's the reason I kept listening. I like her style and she's proven to be a very skilled voice actor. I would hope to hear more from both her and Jack Olsen in the future.
AUDIOBOOK RECEIVED IN EXCHANGE FOR AN UNBIASED REVIEW.
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Lael and Mike Pritcher are the parents of a five year old boy named Alex, but they call him Ace. Ace is a product of their eight year marriage.
Unfortunately Lael and Mike have been separated for the past four months. Lael has custody, but she encourages Mike to see Ace as much as possible. Despite their differences, Lael does not want to deprive Ace of the experience of having his father in his life.
Mike has always been self-centered. He never took Lael or her business seriously. Despite her success in owning and operating a flourishing organic herb farm, he has always referred to the farm as “her little hobby.” He belittled Lael constantly and even went as far as to call her “frigid” if she didn’t consent to having sex every night of the week. Mike cared only about himself and his aging mother who lives close-by and who is way too involved in her married son’s life. Mike is what you would call a “Mama’s Boy.”
Divorce between Lael and Mike was inevitable and when creating the Separation Agreement and the upcoming divorce, the two were able to come to amicable terms on every issue except one: the custody of their son.
When Mike realized that Lael would more than likely be awarded full custody of Ace in the divorce, he went crazy.
Lael thwarted an attempt by Mike to spirit Ace away and things between them calmed down for a few weeks. Then came every mother’s nightmare: Ace is kidnapped.
Lael was determined to get him back. She is a mother and she loves her child. Anyone who has ever given birth will understand the fierce feelings of protectiveness that mother’s feel for their children. (Yes, I know, fathers feel protective of their children too.) Mike was able to spirit Ace away and planned to never return.
As days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, Lael starts to wonder if maybe Ace is gone forever. But, she refuses to give up hope. She takes it upon herself to find her son and to bring him home where he belongs.
This audiobook is expertly narrated. Beckett Royce has a terrific voice and her pacing is sheer perfection. She is able to infuse her words with just the right amount of emotion and emphasis. She does not ‘over-act’ which is sometimes an issue with audiobook narration. I rate the narration of this audiobook as 5 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
As for the content of the audiobook I enjoyed it, but I did find that it felt a bit too drawn out at times. Some of the less dramatic scenes could have been eliminated. However, I believe that the author wrote it that way for a reason. I believe she wanted to convey to the reader that searching for a missing child is not easy and that there are days when the searcher despairs of ever finding her child alive.
This audiobook took multiple twists and turns. Listeners will alternately hope and despair along with Lael as she chases down every lead with relentless determination.
I would have liked to have had an epilogue at the end of the audiobook to neatly wrap up a few of the details, and it might have been interesting to have a few chapters written from Mike’s perspective to allow the listener some insight as to what he was thinking.
Overall I enjoyed this audiobook and I rate it as 4 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Words: the neutron bombs of marriage.”
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